Redistricting, corruption trials and the rise of a breakaway faction of Democrats willing to put up candidates to challenge incumbents. In spite of the bad news, Senate Democrats hold out hope.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation on Monday that would create a new state agency to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and neglect of disabled people.
Michael Arad, the designer of the memorial at Ground Zero, discusses the evolution of what he calls the 'built equivalent of a moment of silence. '
A complicated, often agonizing process will come to fruition soon as a memorial to victims of 9/11 opens on possibly the most complicated – and fraught – construction site on Earth.
High school students have a mixed view of police presence, especially in the so-called Impact schools.
New York City foster youth would like a great voice, and presence, in family court.
A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging the New York Police Department unlawfully targeted blacks and Hispanics with its stop-and-frisk crime reduction program.
Community members try to find a nuanced voice in their critique of the NYPD's stop and frisk program while dealing with the stigma of speaking out against the police.
Tired of skimpy wages, some low-income workers have formed their own cooperative businesses. Can this help change New York's s poorer neighborhoods?
In PlaNYC, the mayor missed a chance to create not only a more environmentally friendly city but a more economically equitable one too, argues this installment of 'Sustainability Watch.'
A landmark agreement will allow the Civilian Complaint Review Board to prosecute all confirmed cases of police misconduct. While advocates see it as a step forward, they also have major concerns.
Councilman Jumaane Williams introduces legislation designed to reduce the use of racial profiling during NYPD Stop and Frisks.
Some sense of the almost incalculable impact of 9/11 can be gained from then numbers. Andrew Beveridge offers a statistical portrait of our losses – personal and economic.
The 2010 census has been rolling out since February with New York state getting the first of its data on March 24 and more data releases during the summer.
Groups quickly coalesce to protect Occupy Wall Street-- forcing the authorities to reassess plans to clean Zuccotti Park.
With more than 600,000 New Yorkers unemployed or underemployed, James Parrott examines the work crisis and how the nation, the city and state might help solve it.
The recent release of teacher data reports has highlighted flaws in the evaluation system and has a number of educators focused on how to improve performance rather than on punishment.
A city-wide campaign warms New Yorkers away from for-profit education scams that can leave students in debt and without a job.
Industries that use pesticides, treat wastewater and store hazardous chemicals could have penalties for breaking pollution laws reduced or waived if they agree to self-report violations under a policy being considered by New York’s leading environmental regulator.
Federal reports warn of staffing shortages at the Department of Environmental Conservation in areas that are "critical to protecting public health."
With the city facing a yawning deficit, the mayor will likely make more cuts. Is there another way to stave off the red ink? Glenn Pasanen reviews the challenges and options.
But advocates say New York needs to go beyond the cute and clever and join other cities in making masses of data available to the public – without delays or legal battles.
As the parties anoint candidate for Sept. 13's special elections, voters in most of the affected districts can do little more than sit on the sidelines and prepare their rubber stamps.
For state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, getting healthier is not just a personal goal. He is also making it a cornerstone of his policymaking. This spring, he is introducing a package of health bills, including one that would ban smoking 100 feet from school entrances.
Spending hours in the driver's seat leads to a myriad of health problems for cabbies. A new program sets out to fix that by getting drivers in shape.
Poor conditions in apartments across the city lead to unhealthy tenants. A coalition of housing and health advocates have started a program to send health-care providers to tenants to treat housing-related illness.
A housing project in Brooklyn that would provide 1,800 new apartments is delayed by political infighting.
No matter how the state redraws boundaries for legislative and City Council seats, immigrant groups want to make sure the new districts reflect the city's changing population.
Facing suspicion and investigation, many south Asians left the city after 9/11. But since then, the community has started to bounce back.
The NYU expansion in Greenwich Village remains the most controversial and criticized of the big university expansions in recent years, overshadowing even Columbia's Manhattanville project.
With housing here reeling from the bubble and the bust, the mayor sees zoning as the key tool for creating affordable homes. Tom Angotti examines the city's latest plan.
The abrupt defunding of a program that housed the homeless lead to a lawsuit against the city in an attempt to force continuation of the program. Was the city forced to continue the program? Emily Jane Goodman explains.
An opinion issued by NY's highest court has changed real estate law as it has been understood and applied for hundreds of years. Emily Goodman explains.
Community gardeners fear city regulations could force them to till new fields and leave some of the green growing spaces unprotected.
As New Yorkers clamor to go outside, the city has put new restrictions on what they can do when they get there.
The New York City Council passed a bill requiring banks receiving billions in municipal funds to detail their lending practices, including mortgages and foreclosures, in struggling neighborhoods.
A new study says that politics play too large a role in how the City Council's discretionary funds are divided among its members.
Almost one third of disabled city residents live in poverty. Advocates blame systemic discrimination and barriers that keep many of these New Yorkers poor and unemployed.
City Councilmembers Stephen Levin, Annabel Palma and Jumaane Williams sharply criticized the city's plan to tighten eligibility requirement for homeless adults to gain access to the city's shelters.
In Our Backyards is using crowd funding and neighborhood volunteers to kickstart local green projects.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Sen. Chuck Schumer have prodded the federal government to take action to fight phone theft. What will new blacklists mean for consumers?
Will the new chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority be able to overcome the divide with transit workers union?
Months from the start of a major bike share program Tom Angotti says the city needs to be ready to work with neighborhoods
Three years later, the crash that killed 11 people remains a continuing and costly drama for those involved, including City Hall.
Pat Arnow updates the progress – or inaction, or reversals – in several waterfront projects, including Hudson River Park, East River Park, Belt Parkway Bath… and why the Statue of Liberty can still gaze lovingly at the statue of Minerva in Green-Wood Cemetery.
Tens of thousands of unemployed New York turn to workforce development centers only to find the programs can polish a resume but can't place people in jobs that do not exist.
Special 9/11 Topic Pages:
9/11/01-/02: Our topic page columnists analyze a year of changes in New York City, in everything from arts to civil rights to technology to the environment.
Martha Hostetter explains how the arts institutions suffered economically, even while artists helped build community.
Andy Humm assesses the state of civil liberties since 9/11. Also: the 12 vacant seats on the human rights commission; the new local law about same-sex marriages.
Julia Vitullo-Martin attempts to answer the question: Are New Yorkers right to feel as safe in the city as anywhere else in the country?
Andrew Beveridge looks at the numbers to present a portrait of those who died at 10048, the zip code that was the World Trade Centerƒs alone.
Eric Goldstein looks at "the World Trade Center cough" and the other environmental health impacts of the World Trade Center attacks.
Glenn Pasanen explains what he sees as two major results of 9/11: compounding the "long-ignored structural budget deficit," and exposing the "insider decision-making" in the budget process. It is a process, he says, that has resulted in a reduction of funding for education at a time when education is supposed to be a priority.
Maia Szalavitz reports on how New Yorkers have been coping in the year since 9/11, and offers tips from mental health counselors on how to handle the anniversary.
Some rents are lower, Rebecca Webber points out, but otherwise the story of housing in the past year is one of more homelessness, fewer vacancies, canceled plans for affordable housing, and unknown consequences in the future.
A special section on the anniversary of Sept 11, which affected immigrants in special ways.
Laura Wolf-Powers details the land use rebuilding issues that New Yorkers should be watching to figure out where we are going to go from here -- the swap, the lease, the governor, the Olympics, etc.
"This September 11, people will again find their way to the parks," as they did a year ago, Anne Schwartz says. But if the parks are more important than ever to New Yorkers, one result of 9/11 is a further reduction in their funding.
In the year since the terrorist attack, 70 percent of Americans are said to have offered some kind of aid -- and that includes donations of more than $2.2 billion so far. But, as Linda Ostreicher relates, this outpouring of charity is now accompanied by sharp disagreements over what to do with it, stirring up almost as much passion as the disaster itself.
Laura Forlano reveals the many important lessons that the rebuilding and recovery effort has taught us about the functioning of technological systems during times of crisis.
Most people have probably forgotten that September 11, 2001, started out as a day when New York City held primary elections. This year's primary election is not just a calendar year away from the attacks, but it comes at the end of a year when the political fortunes of many candidates have been deeply affected by the implications of the tragedy. The attacks were the background of political life in New York starting with last year's mayoral race and continuing through this year's race for governor.
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